This week the BBC have been looking into Artificial Intelligence and at the same time the 'Horrible Histories' team have produced a new work entitled 'Bill' about the earlier life of William Shakespeare.
Stephen Hawking has warned the human race to beware of the development of A.I. but scientists continue to experiment and test. Prizes are awarded for robot building and simple robots in the form of furry seals have been introduced into care homes to provide the elderly with something that they can love and from which they can receive limited responses. That is happening now as I write along with intelligent machines milking cows, and we have to remember that cars have been part built by robots for years.
One of the reasons that I have written a book which is not of the Steele variety was because I wanted to refresh my writing and escape from being too formulaic. It is something all authors can end up being and, although I have no strong feelings on the drawbacks or benefits, I wanted to show myself that I could adopt a different style. If we are all writing to a formula it would be easier for the process to be carried out by A.I.
Now don't get me wrong I have no objection to the characters and the way in which history is portrayed by this fun-loving bunch, it provides a way in to history for children and as such is not a bad thing. However, having read digests of stories for GCE and used HH in my teaching, I think you have to introduce the 'real thing' as soon as possible.
'Dumbing down' stories is okay to a degree but the story in its entirety is what should be the focus of whatever strategy is used to engage new readers.
The books below are mine and as such there are occasions when I have a political point to make which if 'dumbed down' could be lost. Please read them all, learn and enjoy. The books are available through all good booksellers in all formats.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.